Sport summit to be held at Yarmouth high school April 28-29

Published on April 16, 2017

Action from the 2016 11U (mosquito) AA baseball provincials in Yarmouth. The area’s first sport summit will take place April 28-29 at the Yarmouth high school.

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YARMOUTH -- Whether it’s getting volunteers, applying for grants or making the best use of social media, a variety of subjects will be covered when Yarmouth hosts its first sport summit Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29.

An initiative of the Yarmouth County Sport Council, the summit will be held at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School.

“We were able to get some funding for this event, so we do have a number of great speakers coming down,” said Frank Grant, the council’s chairman. “We’re looking forward to lots of knowledgeable people (sharing) information with as many sports people that we can get out.”

Mike Hudson, a sport consultant with the province based in Halifax, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Hudson will speak on the Saturday morning (April 29) and also will lead some of the sessions, Grant said.

“He’s really good,” Grant said. “We had him as a keynote for one of our sport council public meetings that we had as well.”

Summit sessions will look at various topics, including volunteer recruitment/retention, social media and grant application. Another is breaking down barriers. The summit also will look at coaching female athletes.

The summit topics are based on a survey the sport council did with local people involved in sports, Grant said.

Summit participants also will have a chance to take the course Making Ethical Decisions, which will be presented during the summit’s opening-night segment on Friday, April 28.

“That is a course that, really, every coach in Nova Scotia is supposed to take,” Grant said, referring to the MED course.

This would be a good opportunity, he said, for anyone who perhaps is interested in coaching and wants a clearer idea of what being a coach is all about, what it can entail.

“We’re making it available here for people (who) may be just getting into coaching and wondering what they’re getting into,” Grant said. “This would be the perfect course to open their eyes, I guess.”

The idea is to make the summit at least an annual event. Depending on how this first one goes, Grant says organizers might look at having one in the fall too, perhaps making it a twice-a-year initiative.


Interested in going?

Organizers of the sport summit to be held at the Yarmouth high school April 28-29 are requesting $10 from each person planning to attend, but the money will be refunded at the event. For more information contact Ginette d’Entremont (902-648-3379), Frank Grant (902-742-8868) or Nicole Kenney (902-298-9531).